ODF Alliance finds serious shortcomings in Microsoft

The ODF Alliance, of which the Free Knowledge Institute is a member, has published a Fact Sheet [PDF; also available as text on their website] for governments and others interested in how Microsoft’s SP2 for Office 2007 handles ODF. The ODF Allliance says their testing revealed “serious shortcomings that, left unaddressed, would break the open… Continue reading ODF Alliance finds serious shortcomings in Microsoft

Free Knowledge & Free Technology Conference 2008

The Free Knowledge & Free Technology Conference (FKFT) is the first international event that focuses on the production and sharing of free educational and training materials about Free Software. It aims to: present the SELF Platform, a community platform for the collaborative creation and sharing of free educational and training materials on Free Software and… Continue reading Free Knowledge & Free Technology Conference 2008

2008-2009 Petition to stop software patents in Europe

We have signed the Stop Software Patents .eu petition to support their view on serious restrains current software patent legislations cause. “The patent system is misused to restrain competition for the economical benefit of a few but fails to promote innovation. A software market environment is better off with no patents on software at all.… Continue reading 2008-2009 Petition to stop software patents in Europe

FKI Launch Party

The Free Knowledge Institute has been officially launched on Jan 16, 2008. We celebrated the new year together with several friend organisations: Internet Society Nederland, W3C Benelux, Gridforum.nl, Vereniging Open Domein, OpenDoc Society, SIDN, Vrijschrift, Oophaga and NLnet. The occasion was also special because we celebrated the 10th aniversary of ISOC.nl. At 13:30, ISOC.nl organised… Continue reading FKI Launch Party

Free as in free milk. Microsoft’s business practices in developing countries

A first draft of this article has been sitting for months in my hard disk. I decided to finish it after reading that Microsoft will offer its operating system and office suite for $3 per machine to developing countries. That made me think of the way the giant software company “helps” these countries by giving… Continue reading Free as in free milk. Microsoft’s business practices in developing countries

Freedom to Share Knowledge

(This is an article presented to the online Congress – Observatory for Cybersociety 2006, by Wouter Tebbens) Abstract Societies have been able to advance in great part due to the sharing of knowledge. While in current times the internet and the use of computers have enabled new ways of communication and sharing of information, legal… Continue reading Freedom to Share Knowledge